Microsoft Surface Book review

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#SurfaceBook #Windows10Microsoft Surface Book review : During its short tenure as a hardware maker, Microsoft has become the de-facto trailblazer for Windows-running devices. It all started with the lofty promise that its Surface tablet could replace your laptop. We were skeptical about it three years ago, but after the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft nearly perfected the formula and showed veteran computer manufacturers how hybrids should be made.

Now, Microsoft introduces the Surface Book as the ‘ultimate laptop’. Like the Surface tablets before it, this laptop takes a unique spin on the notebook format that’s been around for over 40 years.

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Between the 3:2 aspect ratio, 13.5-inch screen and its practically-trademarked ‘dynamic fulcrum’ hinge, there isn’t any machine on the planet like the Surface Book – and then, with the touch of a button and a gentle tug, it becomes a tablet.

It all sounds like an amazing idea on paper, and with the added “Holy cow, Microsoft made a laptop!” factor, the Surface Book sounds like a thoroughly amazing device. Let’s see just how well Redmond made good on the hype.

Recent developments

With the first year of Surface Book having come and gone, the next iteration is imminent, albeit not a complete overhaul. At a Windows 10 event held in October, Microsoft revealed that the top-end Surface Book i7 would feature a 16-hour battery life and double the graphical capabilities of the original.

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Though a proper Surface Book 2 has yet to be announced, we cautiously expect to see a new round of redesigned Surface Books next spring when the Windows 10 Creators Update is slated to arrive. Along with a slew of cutting-edge 3D art and social features, the Creators Update will add Game Broadcasting to the mix.

Otherwise, Surface Dial was announced alongside Microsoft’s first round of Windows 10-supported VR headsets that we’ll learn more about in December. Perhaps this will give legacy Windows users a reason to upgrade given the stalled adoption rates recorded since after the summer.

Design

If a tear in the space-time continuum were to suddenly rip open, two things would fall out: the Terminator and then the Surface Book quickly tumbling to the Earth behind it.

From the snake-like hinge, the flat design and even down to the washed-out silver color of this laptop, everything about it just seems like it came from the future. Milled from two solid blocks of magnesium, the Surface Book feels sturdy and has a most minimalistic style unto its own.

From keyboard deck to the palm rests, the entire interior of this laptop is one flat surface of metal, save for the large space reserved for the glass touchpad. Similarly, the screen lid is made of one uninterrupted slate of magnesium, with its only extra flourishes being a mirror-finished Windows logo in the center and a rear-facing camera.

Along the chiseled sides, you’ll find two flat edges that start from the top of the display and terminate at the tip of the palm rest. That’s not the only seamless transition.

Unlike most other convertible devices, the screen and base sections share nearly the same thickness and weight. Without the foreknowledge that the display can actually detach, the Surface Book looks like one continuous device, thanks to the hinge.